Cupcake Cagematch Results: BEST WILDCARD CUPCAKE in NYC!

By grace.g.yang ยท August 13, 2009
Under: Cheap Eats,Contest,Cupcakes,Desserts,East Village

Initially when I was calling all of the bakeries for cupcake donations, they were very intrigued by the thought of having a “wildcard” entry. What is a wildcard entry, do you wonder? It’s a good and interesting way to distinguish a bakery; it can be a customer favorite, a special flavor that’s only available on certain days, or some kind of cupcake that sets the bakery apart from the others. Bakeries were really excited to show off their wildcard cupcake, and the winner of the best wildcard cupcake in NYC is:


Butter Lane!

Butter Lane won with the best wildcard cupcake (it was a banana cupcake with peanut butter frosting and marshmallows on top) because of the moistness (a full 5/5 from our judges). In fact, a judge wrote that the cupcake was SUPER MOIST (in all caps, too). That must’ve been ONE MOIST CUPCAKE, Butter Lane! The icing texture was smooth, not too thick, but had some meat to it, according to the judges. Everyone loved the presentation (a perfect 5/5) and Andy Brett even gave the cupcake a perfect 5/5 for the overall taste!

Some pictures Karen took from Butter Lane:


The menu:




The winning cupcake from Butter Lane (with marshmallows!):


Some of my favorite wildcard cupcakes included The Blackout (from Ladybird) and Bird of Paradise from Sweet Revenge. In fact, the blackout was so amazing that I was kind of sad that it didn’t place well with the judges.

Me delivering some cupcakes:


Jeff checking out the wildcard green tea cupcake from Kyotofu:


An action shot of the wildcard team doing a tasting:


Paul tabulating the scores:


David hooking us up with seltzer so we can cleanse our palates before trying more cupcakes:


A wildcard interview:

Tomorrow, we’ll go over some other results (moistest and prettiest cupcakes) and then I’ll reveal that best OVERALL bakery in NYC! Hope you’ve been enjoying the posts!

Cupcake Cagematch Introduction
Best Chocolate Cupcakes in NYC
Best Red Velvet Cupcakes in NYC
Moistest and Prettiest Cupcakes in NYC
Most Flavorful Cupcakes in NYC
Best Bakeries in NYC

Reader Comments

Looks delicious! Can I ask what Chikalicious submitted as their wild card cupcake? Their banana cupcake is my fave!

Written By Jessica on August 13th, 2009 @ 7:45 am

Jessica – not 100% positive because we ate so many cupcakes, but I think we bought a mocha cupcake from Chikalicious.

Written By Grace on August 13th, 2009 @ 7:52 am

It was actually their caramel cupcake, which was amazing! We asked the guy behind the counter for his recommendation.

Written By Laura on August 18th, 2009 @ 9:26 pm

Anyone who comes into Butter Lane and mentions they saw us on your blog gets two for one cupcakes Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays through the month of February. (Limit two per day.) At the end of the month, the blogger with the most mentions wins a dozen cupcakes!

Maria Baugh

Written By Maria Baugh on January 28th, 2010 @ 7:46 am

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